There are many ways to support and grow the Special Olympics Movement.
For over 50 years, the Special Olympics movement has had a major impact on the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities, uniting Massachusetts communities by fostering a sense of goodwill and inclusion, all through the power of sports. There’s a way for everyone to get involved. Select what you’re interested in below to find out more.
Coaches provide the instruction and guidance to support athletes and partners train and compete throughout a season. Head and assistant coaches typically have knowledge of a particular sport or multiple sports and are expected to commit to an entire season.
Without our day-of event volunteers, no Special Olympics sports or fundraising event would be possible! We have specialized roles such as medical or photography and more general roles like helping with check-in or timing of events.
Athletes can begin training at age 2 with the Young Athletes Program and on competitive teams beginning at age 8. We offer 23 sports year-round through local programs across Massachusetts.
Students and Staff at Colleges and Universities can start Special Olympics Clubs, Unified Intramurals, and host Local Programs or Young Athletes.